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Lusitania - Torpedoed by U-20

At 13:20 Greenwich Mean Time, on the 7th of May 1945, Captain Schwieger ordered a G-type torpedo to be loaded into a forward tube.  

Then, watching the potential prey through his binoculars, Schwieger was stunned. In his log, Schwieger notes, "the ship turns to starboard then takes a course to Queenstown."  

It would prove to be a deadly maneuver.

Schwieger ordered his crew to fire.  

While en route, the torpedo was spotted by a Lusitania lookout.  After a journey of less than a minute, it struck the ship’s starboard side.

See, also:

Lusitania - Record-setting Ship

Lusitania - Luxury at Sea

Lusitania - At Sea, Before the Torpedo Strike 

Lusitania - U-20 Patrols the North Atlantic

Lusitania - In a Position of Peril

Lusitania - Explosion

Lusitania - Disaster at Sea

Lusitania - Sinking and Aftermath

Lord Mersey and the Lusitania Wreck Inquiry 


Media Credits

This video clip is from the BBC’s recreation of the ship, and the story of her 1915 sinking, entitled Lusitania:  Murder on the AtlanticCopyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.

 

 

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